Time to lock the differentials and pull this thread out of the rut. Come on friends, the Gurkha has been launched at last!
@Dr. Mohan: Good to see you here. Your TD had vented my apprehensions - crawlability was the hallmark of the old Gurkha and it's certainly not good to read about the fast descent. The Thar CRDe as such has a rubbish crawl (40?) and I'd hate to use the clutch to control my pseudo SUV on the boulders/rocks. What's the crawl ratio of the new Gurkha? With an axle ratio of 4.3, I have serious doubt that its crawl ratio would not better the crawl ratio of the erstwhile MM540s. How I wish it came with a 48 or even 50 crawl ratio. Slow 'n steady; like a tortoise!
So they have forced the rear unburstable Merc differential into retirement. For reasons of cost perhaps? Bad move. Boooooooo!! Any idea what OEM
are they fitting now in its place?
Your comments on the possibility of the power assist snapping the front CV joints when the front wheels are stuck?
How well/unwell has the clutch of your Gurkha held up over all these years of use and abuse?
Have you had to make any repairs to the IFS of your Gurkha? If yes, what were the costs involved?
How is the performance of the Gurkha in slush will all that weight bogging it down? I suppose the lighter Mahindra jeeps would do better in this regard, diff locks apart of course?
LSPV and twin pot callipers on the Gurkha get my vote over the horrendous brakes on the Thar CRDe. Your take?
One of our Moderators TD'd the Gurkha and commented that you have to be a Dara Singh (RIP) to operate the transfer case lever. True? Why? Also, I have heard that some Gurkhas (IDIs?) did come with hydraulic transfer cases while the new Gurkha comes with the mechanical one. True?
With your inputs, I hope this thread starts looking like an off road course.
Keep us updated. Thanks!